Wooded Island 2018

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report May 19, 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Eric G. has an amazing phone app. It was able to tell him, down to the minute, when the drizzle would stop, and it did. 

We were walking along the south side of the Museum when the drizzle stopped.  By then we had seen a pair of Green Herons, and Gary M. spotted the nest that the pair were building in a short tree on the east side of the south façade of the Museum.  This is where their nest was built last year. Oh Happy Day!!

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report May 12, 2018

Event date

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

What a wonderful spring morning for birding! The weather was not the most pleasant for us humans, but bad weather means good birding, and there were so many birds that we didn’t know where to look next. We had warblers, thrushes, grosbeaks and more.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report May 5, 2018

Event date

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

It was a very nice morning, weather wise, for the annual Illinois Spring Bird Count. Everyone seemed relaxed and enjoying their time outdoors.  There was a major migration of Blue Jays through the Park.  Other than during migration, we seldom see or hear Blue Jays along the lakefront.

BIRDERS:      18       

TIME:             7:45 a.m. to 12 noon              

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report April 28, 2018

Event date

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Spring must be here because the Purple Martins returned this morning!  We didn’t see any at 8:00am when we began our walk but by the time we got back to the parking lot area they had arrived.  In addition, the number of Rough-winged and Barn swallows increased later in the morning as there seemed to be twice as many at 10:00am as there were at 8:00am as Renate, Karin and I walked home via the pathway behind the museum.

We also had at least a dozen flocks of Double-crested Cormorants fly over the Island on their way north – that was fun to watch.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report April 21, 2018

Event date

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello everyone,

It must be Spring -- we had a wonderfully large group of birders join us for today's walk, including three regulars who we haven't seen since the fall (welcome back Bruce, Renate and Tracy!).

It was a walk that illustrated the happy and sad aspects of the natural world, reminds me of the challenges that our birds face each day, and increases my admiration of their strength and endurance.

The sad stuff:

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